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Doncaster house sold $680,000 above expectations, keys go to mother-in-law

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10 Waldau Court, Doncaster - for herald sun real estate

10 Waldau Court, Doncaster, has sold for $3.08m to a man planning to move his mum and mother-in-law into the property together.


A Toorak man has paid $680,000 more than the reserve for Doncaster’s oldest home, so his mum and mother-in-law can move into it together.

The result was a huge windfall for the descendants of those who built the cottage in 1853, ending their family’s connection with it almost 170 years later.

The $3.08m sale even smashed a multimillion-dollar pre-auction bid from the City of Manningham to buy the 10 Waldau Court property adjoining Ruffey Lake Park.

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The council had owned the property for a few years in the 1980s, but sold it back to the current vendors.

Kay & Burton executive director Scott Patterson called the private auction that started with a $1.88m opening bid and was called on the market at $2.4m with three parties bidding.

Mr Patterson said another two buyers, including the council, were outbid before making an offer under the hammer.

10 Waldau Court, Doncaster - for herald sun real estate

Period features abound throughout the 1853-built property.


Auctioneer Scott Patterson calls the sale of 1 Waldau Court, Doncaster - for herald sun real estate

Auctioneer Scott Patterson calls the sale of the Waldau Court home with Ruffey Lake Park in the background.


“The buyer was a fellow from Toorak who has bought it for his mother-in-law and his mother to live together,” he said. “I have never seen that. But my immediate reaction was that he is a very astute person.”

Mr Patterson added that one of the underbidders had been in tears after missing out, and noted that the property was as rare as they came.

“But I think it has gone to the right people, who have undertaken to carry on the curatorship there,” he said.

The heritage property features a number of barns and outbuildings, and is set on a substantial 4048sq m allotment.

10 Waldau Court, Doncaster - for herald sun real estate

The property is one of the suburb’s largest at 4048sq m.


10 Waldau Court, Doncaster - for herald sun real estate

Extensive gardens surround the house and its heritage protected barns.


Known as Friedensruh it is considered a contemporary of illustrious Melbourne addresses including Invergowrie in Hawthorn, which sold last year for more than $40m.

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